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November 11, 2014

NJ Revilla-Garcia


Miami Beach selected to host 2015 HACU premier conference on Hispanic higher education

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has announced its 29th Annual Conference, “Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Empowering Students, Enhancing Collaboration," Oct. 10-12, 2014, will take place at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel in Florida. 

On Nov. 12, Antonio R. Flores, president and CEO of HACU and staff members met with Miami-area higher education leaders and supporters to begin preliminary planning. At the meeting, Flores announced the addition of a PreK-12 Higher Education Collaboration Symposium, a pre-conference event for superintendents of Hispanic-Serving School Districts and college/university presidents/CEOs.  

Also new for 2015 is the number of hosting institutions for HACU’s Youth Leadership Development Forum. The preconference event for area high school students will focus on STEM careers. The institutions hosting the event will include: Florida International University, Miami Dade College, and St. Thomas University. An estimated combined total of 1,500 high school students are projected to attend, which would make for the largest participation of this event.   

The discussion was the first of seven Host and Planning Committee meetings designed to gather feedback from local representatives. The collaborations help ensure the success of the conference, expected to draw 1,500 participants from national and international institutions.  

HACU membership in Florida includes twenty institutions and Miami area members include Barry University, Carlos Albizu University Miami, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, and St. Thomas University.

The following individuals were among those who attended the meeting: 

  • Susan B. Angulo, Ed.D., Associate Provost for Academic Support Services, St. Thomas University
  • Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, Ph.D., President, Barry University
  • Vladimir Diaz, Regional Director, USDA/HSI National Program
  • Juan M. Garcia, ACT, Inc., Assistant Vice President – Career & College Readiness
  • Frank J. More, Jr., Vice President/Marketing Director, Flagler Bank
  • Jannette Porta-Avalos, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs, Keiser University
  • Sandra Porta-Merida, Ph.D., Dean of Latin Division, Keiser University
  • Michael J. Ramirez, Director of Office of School Performance & Accountability, Broward County Public Schools
  • Angela G. Ramos, Director, Community Affairs & Special Events, Univision 23
  • Colleen Ramos, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment, Keiser University
  • Stephen Sauls, Vice President, Office of Governmental Affairs, Florida International University
  • Consuelo E. Stebbins, Director of International Studies and Latin American Studies
  • Margaret Sullivan, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Keiser University
  • Marcela van Olphen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Saint Leo University
  • José A. Vicente, Ed.D., Campus President, Miami Dade College
For information about HACU’s Host and Planning Committee, contact Darlene Martin in the conferences department.  For information about HACU’s Annual Conference, including advertising, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, click here